Saturday, December 1, 2012

Vegetarian Shikampuri

Shikampuri is a Hyderabadi cutlet made with minced meat.  And hard core non-vegetarians will tell you it is worth going all the way to the small joints in the old city to get the best cutlets ever.  And if you are vegetarian ( and not allergic to soya as K is ) then this is a must-try.  I found this recipe at Escapades.

I made 1/3 this recipe and got about a dozen of these cutlets.  Ingredients are listed as 1-2-3 since the preparation involves ingredients listed under each.  The spices in step 1 add to the flavour of end product.

Soya chunks - 100 gms - these are light !
Split chick pea ( Chana dal) - 1/2 cup
Green chilies - 2
Green cardamom - 2
Cinamon sticks - 2
Cloves - 3
Pepper corns - 5-6
Chilie powder - 1 tsp

Oil - any refined oil - 2 tbsp
Onion - 1 - sliced
Salt to taste

Ginger - garlic paste - 1-2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Bread crumbs - 1 cup ( if not readily available - toast one day old bread and put in mixie)
Egg - 1 ( beaten)
Coriander and Mint leaves - 1/2 cup ( together)

Soak the soya chunks in hot water and leave for about 15-20 minutes.  Squeeze out water and add cold water and do similarly. 2-3 cold washes recommended.
Put the soya chunks along with the ingredients listed under 1 - in a pressure cooker with a little water for 3 whistles to ensure the dal is cooked.
Cool, drain out any excess water

Step 2
Take a pan, add the oil, sliced onion, salt and the pressure cooked soya mixture and cook till thoroughly dry.

Cool.  And then grind to a fine pasty mixture. Make sure you do not add water or if you - it should be very little.

Put into a bowl and add ingredients listed in 3

Mix the ingredients well.  Shape into even balls and flatten them slightly into cutlets

Take a pan and add sufficient oil and fry these cutlets to a golden brown.

Serving suggestions:
Tomato ketchup, green chutney, onion slices, lemon wedges, rumali roti.


  1. Wow, droolworthy vegetarian shikampuri, makes me hungry.

  2. deliciously done looks wonderful to snack anytime

  3. Delicious and crispy evening snack.

  4. Wow what a way to have this healthy soya in this form. Wonderful recipe.

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  5. I am a hardcore non vegetarian...but my mother makes masoor dal cutlets which can give serious competition to minced meat ones....this one also sounds equally tempting! Cheers, Suchi

  6. hmm..Soy, I love the way these cutlet looks, I might love them too if I did not know they had Soy in them :)

  7. Very nice.. wish to have with coffee :)

  8. very crispy and delicious cutlet :)

  9. thats a great vegetarian version of shikampuri kebabs.

  10. Wow, that looks so tempting..

  11. Perfect snack with a hot cup of coffee.
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  12. Delicious snack & healthy too


  13. This seems like a great combination of "tasty and healthy". I'm going to try it out sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Healthy and looks delicious, I need to try this for kids :)

  15. Lovely vegetarian recipe.. usually have the non veg version in hotels!

  16. looks like a healthy cutlet :). Great stuff.

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  17. I love shikampur! And nice recipe! :)


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